Help my goldfish is sick!


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I have an outdoor pond with about 4 goldfish and one Koi. :fish: All of my other fish seem to be well with hearty appetites as spring is coming along. However, I have one goldfish who sits by himself barely moving except when to come up to get a gulp of air. Also, he will not eat the fish flakes. I've had him around 5-7 years now and it seems that maybe the winter has been hard on him. I thought maybe fin rot because his fins seem to be short but they're still even in length. I'm not sure what it is...can someone help? Thanks. :icon_sad::icon_sad:
 
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What is your location, water temperature and have you done anything with the water recently? If you can, you might want to consider a salt bath. There are instructions on my website under "Remedies". You might also look under "Diseases".
 
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I'll try to take a picture tomorrow when the sun is out. Nothing has been done to the water....only what winter has done to it. This is an outside pond btw incase I didn't mention so. Your link didn't work. I have no desire to buy a bathtub thanks. ;P :tongue:
 
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When you said salt bath, the word bath linked to bathtubs. It was just making humor of it. =] =] Anywho, I took some pics. Unfortunately, fish aren't the best models so I tried my best. If they're not good enough let me know and I'll attempt it again. Water and the sun and reflection can be bitter enemies of photos. >,< Here they are!

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I can't post pics because I don't have 10 posts.. =/
 
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i think that so people don't come on here one time and post naked pics of there fish for everbody to see before the admin takes it down.

for medical reasons you will be allowed to post your fish naked when you get your ten post.

But please put a small cloth over the pectoral fins if it's in the bath tub. it's just to sugestive of a setting. :icon_mrgreen:
 
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Okies, after looking at gorgeous pictures of ponds and commenting on them. (so jealous) Here's my sick baby. The pictures may not be well. If you can't see then let me know and I'll make another attempt tomorrow.




 
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That's what I think it is too! His tail does look rather funky, would that affect his breathing and lack of movement? :/ I'm sorry, I don't know what you mean by flashing. Yeah those two red things are berries..forgot to mention that.
 

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The berries threw me off. It is definetly fin rot.
A good strong salt bath will take care of it. The water quality is probably what caused it to begin with. Do a cleaning and water change before putting him back in and it should clear up.
Follow the instructions on the web page for the salt treatment I previously suggested and you will be OK.
 
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Okay so I want to get this right b/c evidently it can be really harmful if NOT done right..sigh.. okies lol "Salt can be used in freshwater systems by adding one teaspoon of salt to each gallon of water every twelve hours for three treatments."
So first I take ALL of my fish out and change the water, correct?
I then begin the 36 hour treatment.
After 36 hours, I put the fish back into the newly salted water.
Is this right? I really don't want to mess up and like kill my fish. >,>

Also, do you guys continuously add salt to your ponds??

Thanks!
 

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Don't confuse salt in your pond as treatment for your fishes problem. Go to the University of Florida's web site that I have a link on my web site to and follow the instructions there.

I use a treatment described there that can only be used for a maximum of 10 minutes or until the fish rolls over. It is agressive and should be done in a bucket with lots of areation. Do not take your eyes off the fish for the 10 minute treatment.

Then, you can use a diluted salt solution, again follow the instructions on their web site.

I would treat them all at the same time, whether they are sick of not, fin rot is contagious.
 
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Okay I found it...sounds really scary. :/ So would you say about 2 teaspoons of salt for say a 2 gallon bucket to do the treatment in?
 

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Ok, I have done the math for you:
2% solution is 73 grams of rock salt per gallon of water. This is your 10 minute bath. If your fish is in distress before 10 minutes pull them out. Distress is upside down. Use plenty of areation. I set up an air pum and an air stone for this.

.3% solution is 11 grams of rock salt per gallon of water. This is for no more thn 3 days. Start reducing this to .2% then .1% a day later.

.1% solution is 3.65 grams of rock salt per gallon of water. This can be for as long as you want and is the reccommended amount for carp longterm.

Good luck, I will be back tomorrow.
 
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As a somewhat experienced goldfish and koi owner I would reccomend installing a heater in your pond. As it is winter and the eather conditions can be brutal. In the past when my fish act lethargic I add a heater to raise the temperature to make it easeir for them. Also if your fish does get better try fattening up the little guy so that he or she will have enough body fat to brave the cold conditions.
 
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Alright, I've never had anyone suggest a heater. As for him being "thin" this is b/c I do not feed the fish when it's cold. I've always been told not too. We've had a few days where it's warm and I'll give the fish some food BUT he hasn't been eating. :/ That's why he's so thin. Btw, I live in Nashville, TN so the weather here can be quite bipolar. >.< Infact, it's going to be 63 tomorrow and in the 30s-40s for the rest of the week. I plan on doing the water change and treatment tomorrow.
 

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